Joanna K. Sobieski

Writer, Media Maker, Education Enthusiast


BA in Communication: Film (minor in education) American University - Washington, DC

Work Experience

Fundraising Officer for The Nature Conservancy, Up Fundraising - New York, New York

  • Educates potential donors about environmental issues and The Nature Conservancy's work
  • Engages potential donors to understand their interests and match them to TNC's campaigns
  • Enrolls supporters to contribute monthly donations to TNC as a Champion of Conservation 

Video Editor/ Videographer/ Writer/ Director, Freelance - New York, New York                             

  • Utilizes storytelling and technical skills to help clients share their stories and mission
  • Clients include: Coalition of Community Charter Schools, National Geographic, FloSports, etc.

Media Skills Workshops Instructor, Freelance - DC, New York, Philadelphia                           

  • Designs and teaches filmmaking workshops to grade school students 
  • Taught the Children’s Media course at AU Discover the World of Communication

Story/ Video Editor and Motion Graphics Artist, Driver Digital - New York, New York

•       Edited "AG Life", a weekly live-action lifestyle show for girls tied to American Girl/Mattel

•       Reviewed and edited script outlines for episodes, writes additional lines when necessary

•       Designed and animated motion graphics 

•       Supervised and coordinated the work of freelance junior editors

Production Coordinator/ Writer, Whiz Kids Workshop  Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 

Teaching Assistant/ Video Marketer, AU Discover- Washington, DC 

  • Assisted professors in Music Production, Scriptwriting and Video Production, etc.
  • Co-filmed and edited 24 videos for the program's Daily Video Blog Summer 2014
  • Managed equipment for the program in UC Berkeley Summer 2016
  • Led groups of 10-16 students on after hours trips around Washington, DC
  • Co-Wrote, Edited, and Filmed welcome videos for Summer 2013 and Summer 2014

Program Associate, American University (University College) – Washington, DC 

  • Mentored and lived with first year students in a living-learning community
  • Taught workshops in video editing, voiceover work, and script writing
  • Reviewed student's work prior to class deadlines and gave constructive feedback
  • Organized and lead the class on labs relevant to their course around DC
  • Worked closely with professors in Visual Literacy and Contemporary World Cinema

Fundraising Officer, American University- Washington, DC        

  • Engaged alumni and parents, providing information on events, programs, and initiatives
  • Matched alumni and parents’ interests with programs at AU to maximize donor satisfaction
  • Updated contact information to increase donor’s connection to university

Instructor & Consultant, New Media Center (American University Library) - Washington, DC 

  • Provided guidance on projects and solved technical challenges in the lab
  • Taught workshops on topics such as video editing and creating simple websites
  • Assisted students and faculty with software (Final Cut Pro & Adobe Creative Suite)


Digital Media Intern, Public Broadcasting Service – Washington, DC 

  • Edited articles published on the PBS Parents Website
  • Created a promotional reel screened at the 2014 NewFronts conference 
  • Researched competing brands, blogs, and parenting advice/ news
  • Wrote/ Created social media posts on Pinterest and Twitter
  • Managed the content of the PBS Parents Website Homepage using Wordpress

Digital Media Intern, National Geographic Partners Washington, DC 

  • Curated and edited photos using Adobe Photoshop
  • Wrote titles and captions for photo galleries for National Geographic's website

Notable College Experiences

Founder/ Manager, Pitches be Trippin' (a cappella group) – Washington, DC 

  • Conceptualized the group and recruited the founding members
  • Managed the group through its inaugural year
  • Designed advertisements on Adobe Creative Suite programs
  • Organized events such as concerts and flash mobs on campus
  • Liaison between the group and student activities as well as other a cappella groups
  • Wrote the group's constitution and applied for recognition from the university
  • Utilized social media marketing to increase Pitches’ presence in the AU community 

Line Producer, Greatest Scene Ever (studio television show)- Washington, DC
  • Worked on set to delegate tasks, arrange set pieces, and operate cameras 
  • Contributed ideas and systems to improve production 

Crew Member, American University Television - Washington, DC

  • Promoted ATV on the public relations and marketing team
  • Filmed, wrote, edited, and acted for many of ATV’s programs

SOC Student Ambassador, American University - Washington, DC 

  • Brainstormed, coordinated, and worked at events for SOC throughout the year
  • Mentored incoming/admitted students to the School of Communication
  • Led tours of the school to inform prospective students and parents about SOC & AU
  • Promoted SOC related news and events on the Public Relations Committee